Manchester City’s entertaining 3-2 victory over Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton on Saturday means that the Citizens are now clear favourites to win the Premier League title.
Liverpool needed Everton to do them a big favour and avoid defeat - but if the Reds don't win the title, it will surely be put down to their defeat at home to Chelsea last weekend.
In typical fashion, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho out-thought his protege as he organised his team to defend deep, allowing Liverpool much of the possession, before catching them on the break with devastating effect.
Rodgers’ free-scoring Liverpool side couldn’t break down the Blues, and following the 2-0 defeat, the Northern Irishman was critical of Chelsea’s tactics – telling the media that the visitors parked two buses.
The Liverpool manager – a former youth coach under Mourinho during his first spell at Chelsea – later supposedly apologised to his former mentor over the phone for his remarks and congratulated him on Chelsea's victory.
Ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Crystal Palace on Monday, however, Rodgers appears to have performed another slight U-turn.
'I was a bit frustrated, but I don’t regret what I said. I am big enough to respect the man Jose is and the manager he is', Rodgers is quoted by The Mirror.
'He is a great man, I know that. It was never personal; it was a professional look at the game......But I still think what I said was right. I knew exactly what I was saying'.
Going into the weekend, Liverpool were sitting in top spot in the Premier League, but they could be third come Sunday evening if Chelsea beat Norwich City at Stamford Bridge today.